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Cover 3: What we learned from Giants vs. Bucs


The crew breaks down the team's 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.

John Schmeelk: Although much of the focus after the Giants' loss to the Buccaneers is on the team's inability to score points, the defense was the far bigger issue in the loss. The Buccaneers scored on three of their first four drives and five of their first seven. The Bucs gained fewer than 50 yards and ran fewer than eight plays on only one of their first six drives – and that drive only ended because a perfect Tom Brady pass hit Mike Evans in the chest, and popped up in the air to CB Adoree' Jackson.

The Giants only had four true possessions in the first half (not counting the final possession with only 43 seconds remaining), possessed the ball for 11:18 and ran 24 plays. They scored on two of those drives. The Bucs ran nearly twice as many plays (43) and held the ball for just under 19 minutes.

The Giants gained 41 yards on their first drive of the second half, but failed on a 4th-and-1 when Daniel Jones was pressured on a play-action rollout. The Bucs went up 14 on their next drive, and then a Daniel Jones interception wound up leaving Tampa Bay up three scores. Them, the Giants had to abandon the run game and their pass protection was not good enough to sustain drives/score points.

Dan Salomone: In a year when they celebrated the 10th anniversary of Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants failed to do the most important thing that got them a fourth Lombardi Trophy: pressure Tom Brady. Heading into Week 11, Brady had been pressured on a league-low 16.7 percent of dropbacks this season, according to Next Gen Stats. The Giants didn't have a sack until five minutes remained and it was on backup Blaine Gabbert, who replaced Brady with the score out of reach. Although that was one of the main reasons for the loss, it was far from the only one. Compounding the frustration was the prospect of returning to full strength for the second half of the season.

"We have too many good players and we have to put them in a better position to capitalize, that's it," coach Joe Judge said. "We have to make sure we sit down tomorrow as a coaching staff and understand how we have to play this game and give our players a chance to make plays. So, in reference to any body language or anything at the end of the game, I'll handle the corrections we have to make. But as a player, there are some things I would be frustrated about as well."

On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was relieved of his duties.

"I feel we have to be more productive as an offense," Judge said. "Generally speaking, the offense's job is to score points. I don't believe we're scoring enough points. It's my job as the head coach to make sure I give our players the opportunity to go out there and make plays."

Lance Medow: When you go up against a team that is averaging nearly 41 points per game at home this season, your offense has to be able to consistently put together drives and finish with touchdowns. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case against the Bucs and, no surprise, it turned into a lopsided affair. The Giants managed only 10 points, but their only touchdown came as a result of an interception that handed New York the ball at the Tampa Bay 5. After Andrew Thomas' first career touchdown reception, the Giants' final eight possessions resulted in three turnovers (a fumble and two interceptions), three punts and two turnovers on downs - that's essentially five turnovers.

The Giants struggled to sustain drives. They went 1-for-9 on third down – with five attempts of five yards or less – and failed on their final eight tries. The Giants put themselves in a position to capitalize on offense twice and were plagued by mishaps - a false start indirectly led to a field goal and a failed 4th-and-1 play saw Daniel Jones pressured after the play clock was winding down (a huge turning point). The Bucs dictated the tone of the game in the trenches; they recorded nine quarterback hits and two sacks.

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